Capital flows

IFI governance

News

Dollar debate continues

In January, French president Nicholas Sarkozy stoked the debate about reforming the international monetary system while deliberations on the potential future role of the IMF’s special drawing right as a prototype global reserve currency continued.

17 February 2011

Finance

News

IFIs on trade and investment: Liberalisation bias returns

The World Bank’s latest report on foreign investment and its new trade strategy are part of a worrisome trend that involves the Bank’s growing use of tools other than conditionality, to restrict the space for countries to pursue alternative, country-tailored development strategies.

30 September 2010

Finance

News

Failing to fix the foundations

As the IMF mandate reform concludes, significant changes prove elusive.

30 September 2010

Finance

Analysis

Adjusting foreign investment

This briefing explores the impact of capital account policy on international development. The liberalisation of capital accounts in developing countries has been promoted by international economic and financial institutions. However, with evidence showing the damaging economic, social and human consequences of unrestricted capital movement, tools to manage capital flows are increasingly being embraced by policy makers and academics.

29 September 2010 | Briefings

Finance

News

IMF bank tax proposals cause controversy

A leaked copy of the IMF's report to the G20 on A fair and substantial contribution by the financial sector which proposes two new financial sector taxes to cover some of the costs of the financial and economic crisis, has been criticised by campaigners for inadequate analysis of the potential of the financial transactions tax (FTT), dubbed the Robin Hood tax.

17 June 2010